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Cafιs came into vogue in Paris in the mid-17th century and by the mid-18th century chess was played in nearly every cafι. For nearly 100 years, from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, French chess players were the strongest in the world. The line from Philidor, to Deschapelles, to La Bourdonnais, to Saint-Amant, reminds us of a modern relay team, each player passing the team's baton to his successor. Before the French the Italians had reigned supreme at chess and after the French the English took the helm (source).

As we wandered around the main square at Montmartre, I stole a glance past some painters to capture these two French artists carrying on the chess tradition, taking a break from their working life selling paintings and doing portraits at Montmartre (see also note and image here).

They were so intent on their game so I didn't hesitate to shoot right away so as to not lose that moment. Unfortunatley I was unable to keep a woman out of the frame at the back - even with a few different shots - but I guess in busy touristy Montmartre swarming with people it would have been almost impossible to get this without another woman passing into view. In any case, it adds to the crowded sensation of the place in general and these mens' effort to escape the bustle and sit and enjoy a game of chess together.

Tech notes: Slight cropping on the top to make the woman in the background less obvious and on the left to cut out the frame of an easel that was more distracting than anything. Removed colour and added red and blue to create sepia effect.

*As per some comments received re: sepia tones, see workshop for a version in black and white and link to original in colour.

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